Internet chat rooms and rapid real-time teleconferencing allow users to interact with whoever happens to coexist in cyberspace.
The web's biggest companies, and arguably the best products, are almost always free.
The first transatlantic Internet chat took place between Oulu, Finland and Corvallis, Oregon in February 1989.
created by Compu Serve executive Alexander "Sandy" Trevor in Columbus, Ohio.
Ancestors include network chat software such as UNIX "talk" used in the 1970s.
The term chatiquette (chat etiquette) is a variation of netiquette (Internet etiquette) and describes basic rules of online communication.